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Medical journals with advertising are more likely than subscription journals to recommend drugs

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1335 (Published 01 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1335

What about BMJ, Merck and GSK (and Andrew Wakefield)?

BMJ is a part free journal. In view of the recent renewed attacks on
Andrew Wakefield (which were all free of access) what are we to make of
the fact that BMJ Learning is in partnership with Merck under the alias of
Univadis [1,2], or that MSD and GSK sponsor BMJ awards [3]? Should not
these competing interests be openly declared?

[1] Vera Hassner Sharav 'BMJ & Lancet Wedded to Merck CME
Partnership' (including Martin J Walker 'Merck's Medical Media Empire'),
http://www.ahrp.org/cms/content/view/766/9/

[2] Univadis log-in page, http://www.univadis.com/RH/UK_loginpage/

[3] http://groupawards.bmj.com/sponsors

Competing interests: No competing interests

11 March 2011
John Stone
UK Editor
Age of Autism